How to Earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts

Here’s how to earn Home Economics on homeschool transcripts.

How to Earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts

How to Earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts

There are some hilarious videos on social media these days showing millennials who don’t know how to fry an egg or iron a shirt. We don’t want our homeschool high schoolers to fall into the trap of GREAT education and LOUSY life preparation.

Some of the most important life skills can be summed up in a good old-fashioned Home Economics course.

Here’s how to earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts.

*Home Economics is an elective course. Record it on the transcript after the core courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages).

*Use Carnegie unit hour-logging to show credit earned. This means that your teen will need to keep a log sheet and record the number of hours spent on learning new skills. Here is a post to help explain how to do this.

  • The number of hours needed to earn a credit varies from state to state. Some states require 120 hours per credit, many require 180. If you aim for 180 hours of learning, then you will be sure to be covered.

*Only record skills being learned and then practiced once. (In other words, don’t count cooking spaghetti if your high schooler has been making that for years.)

*Aim for a well-rounded, life-preparation experience.

*Create a syllabus to keep you and your teens on track.

*Farm out things you hate to do.Is there someone in co-op or at church who can teach skills (maybe barter some babysitting)?

*Here are areas to cover in Home Economics:

Food and Nutrition

  • Healthy meal planning
  • Cooking and baking skills
  • Sanitary cleanup

Entertaining guests

  • Planning for an event
    • Food
    • Utensils
  • Basic social skills for greeting and conversation
  • Setting tables
  • Arranging living areas/decorating for guests
  • Allowing guests to help cleanup, or not
  • RSVPs

Necessary house cleaning

  • Kitchen organization and chores
  • Bedroom organization and chores
  • Living area organization and chores
  • Bathroom organization and chores
    • How to use a plunger
  • External organization and chores

Laundry and clothing maintenance

  • Basic laundry skills
  • Ironing skills
  • When to go to dry cleaners
  • Clothing repairs
  • Seasonal change-overs

Financial chores

financial literacy
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Interior design and decorating

  • Working with a budget
  • Basics of aesthetics

How to be a good neighbor

  • Interacting with neighbors
  • Setting boundaries when necessary
  • Community involvement

How to be a good family member

  • Family rights and responsibilities
  • Basic communication skills

Car maintenance

  • What should you check and how
  • How often does your car need maintenance?
  • Where to go for maintenance
  • Checking tire pressure/adding air
  • Changing a tire


  • How to answer a phone
  • Human Development
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    Business communications

    • Complaint calls or emails
    • Contacting your politicians

Basic home repair/maintenance and safety checks

  • How to check the fuse box/circuit breakers
  • checking batteries in smoke detectors
  • cleaning lint trap in dryer
  • how to find a chimney sweep if you have a fire place
  • replace air filter in furnace

Some people include childrearing in their Home Economics courses.

It would be our suggestion that those courses need their own credits to do them justice. Here are our courses on childrearing.

Human Development

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood education
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What else would you add to a good Home Economics credit?

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How to Earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts

Vicki Tillman

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